n. pl. in·dem·ni·ties
1. Security against damage, loss, or injury.
2. An exemption from liability for damages resulting from specified conduct, as in a contract indemnifying a party for the performance of certain actions.
3. Compensation for damage, loss, or injury suffered.
[Middle English indempnite, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin indemnitās, from Latin indemnis, uninjured; see INDEMNIFY.]
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